Minstrel of the new atheism. John Lennon's imaginary world
Fr. Raymond J. de Souza writes, "...the core of "Imagine" is a nihilism that is completely incompatible with revealed religion, let alone Christianity. Lennon imagines a world in which everyone gets along because there are no differences between them. There are no differences because there is nothing to believe in....Continue
Note: It was 30 years ago on December 8 that John Lennon, 40 years old, was tragically gunned down by a very bad man. It's been sad for many reasons to contemplate Lennon's all too brief life. I think I am far more concerned about all of the media lies and corporate exploitation than John Lennon's sad thoughts and life, though these were often bad enough. I've noted before that when it comes to music, with some exceptions I don't often care what a singer thinks or does in his private life. Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and many others, were compromised men, as bad in their private lives as many of the notorious 60's luminaries were in many respects, sometimes a whole lot worse -- even if some voted for Ronald Reagan. I like some Beatles music, always have, always will. Some of it is simply good. Some of it very good. I especially like a lot of McCartney's music.
The problem is that John Lennon pushed far more than peace, assuming he was sincere in that. After a bad concert during his brief Peace period, and the consequent bad reviews, he gave up the peace movement abruptly and, according to a recent PBS documentary, grabbed a woman in front of Ono and friends and loudly had his way with her in the next room, astonishing all; he then flew from this, his second, wife to LA, into a long lost weekend of fistfights, constant drunkenness, and hard drugs for nearly a year or more. Lennon chose the exhibitionist path, cloaking cynicism and / or despair in mystique, and was at the very least a bad thinker, possibly a bad [certainly often cruel by all accounts] man. His hagiographers, it must be said, hide too much that has been thoroughly documented by others. But don't expect the corporate sponsors who feed off his memory to emphasize all of that. The truth is not profitable to them.
Even when it came to Lennon's dedication to "all you need is love," his son, Julian, told of a very different John Lennon than the commercial persona allowed... See for yourself...(click).
Albert Goldman, a professor biographer, said (click) that during Lennon's seclusion upon returning to Yoko Ono he was hardly just a feminist "house husband," if he was one at all. He was, Goldman says based on people who worked for Lennon-Ono, a sadly depressive heroin addict and recluse. Did he recover from drug addiction, find healing in family relationships? I hope so.
Our myths die hard. The truth is it was Lennon, not Jesus, who was a myth. Someone said truly, "God is Love, surely, ...but 'love' is not God". When once asked how he could sing about having "no possessions" while prodding Ono's business acumen to expand his financial portfolio, Lennon quipped, "it was just a song". He fooled a lot of people, alas.
"God is a concept by which we measure our pain...I don't believe in Jesus...I only believe in me"---John Lennon ---[Updated 1x Dec 2010]